WASHINGTON (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI never inspired the deep love and admiration enjoyed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Americans – and American Catholics even more so – still look favorably upon the soon-to-be-former head of the Roman Catholic Church.
A newly-released Washington Post-ABC News poll
also shows that nearly two in three Americans (64 percent) strongly
approve of the pope’s unexpected decision earlier this month to retire
because of his failing health.
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